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Inflation Testing as a Means of Measuring Failure Strength of Aortic Tissue

[+] Author Affiliations
Jeffrey N. Kinkaid, Steven P. Marra, Francis E. Kennedy

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Mark F. Fillinger

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

Paper No. IMECE2003-43102, pp. 111-112; 2 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2003-43102
From:
  • ASME 2003 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advances in Bioengineering
  • Washington, DC, USA, November 15–21, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3710-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-4663-6, 0-7918-4664-4, 0-7918-4665-2
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME

abstract

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAAs) are localized enlargements of the aorta. If untreated, AAAs will grow irreversibly until rupture occurs. Ruptured AAAs are usually fatal and are a leading cause of death in the United States, killing 15,000 per year (National Center for Health Statistics, 2001). Surgery to repair AAAs also carries mortality risks, so surgeons desire a reliable tool to evaluate the risk of rupture versus the risk of surgery.

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